Lada Gaga and Elton John team up for a clothing line, J.K. Rowling announces a new book and more celebrity news.
Paul McCartney to give first concert in Grand Rapids
Paul McCartney will make his first-ever stop in Grand Rapids this summer, promoters announced Wednesday. The singer’s One on One Tour will stop at the Van Andel Arena at 8 p.m. Aug. 15. With approximately 11,000 seats, the venue will be more intimate than others on his tour that kicked off in April. The set list will include classics spanning McCartney’s time as a Beatle and solo artist. Tickets, ranging from $29.50 to $253, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday. McCartney last performed in Michigan at the Joe Louis Arena in October 2015 for his Out There tour.
Lady Gaga and Elton John release fashion line
The music dynamos are pairing up for a limited edition clothing and accessory line, Love Bravery, to be sold at Macy’s through August. A quarter of the sales will go to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “I love the idea of fusing who you are on the inside — your passions and dreams — with what you wear on the outside,” Elton John said in a press release. “Love Bravery is about the compassion on the inside to understand someone’s fears, and the bravery on the outside to stand up for them, and for yourself.” Gaga’s fashion designer sister Natali Germanotta and designer Brandon Maxwell collaborated on the line, which includes tees, sweatshirts and clutches in the shape of pianos and hearts.
J.K. Rowling screenplay to publish as a book
Harry Potter fans will have a new J.K. Rowling book to add to their shelves this fall. The author announced Tuesday that her first screenplay, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” will be published in book form on Nov. 19. A movie of the same name, starring Oscar winners Eddie Redmayne and Jon Voight, will be released the day before the book. Set in 1926 New York City, Redmayne plays magizoologist Newt Scamander, who travels to America for a series of adventures. Potter fans may recognize the book and movie title — it’s the textbook Harry brings to Hogwarts in his first year.
■New York Times best-selling children’s book author Andy Griffiths will be reading and signing copies of his latest book, “The 52-Story Treehouse” (Feiwel & Friends) at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor at 11 a.m. Saturday. The event is one stop on the Australian author’s five-week world book tour.
Compiled by Stephanie Steinberg
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